Differentiated Instruction: Teaching English Language Learners

English Language Learners In Class

The earlier children are exposed to a new language, the greater their chances for fluency. In fact, research indicates that children who start learning a second language before age seven are more successful language learners. Science has shown that listening to music and processing language activate similar areas of the brain, and researchers have discovered evidence that music enhances the auditory and cognitive abilities that play a role in second language acquisition.

Kindermusik classes are the perfect way to support children as they learn to master English as a Second Language. Our lessons use music, which stimulates language acquisition, and whole-body physical expression, which improves retention, to drive home the learning. Children sing and dance to English songs; enjoy engaging stories with a variety of themes; and learn new vocabulary, phrases, and expressions in a fun, natural, and developmentally appropriate way.

For children learning English as a Foreign Language internationally, Kindermusik’s ABC English & Me program provides a fully immersive English language learning experience. Fun themes and catchy songs engage English language learners and introduce them to vocabulary in a lively and supportive environment. Children physically act out words in songs, stories, and poems in an approach that incorporates Total Physical Response (TPR), a language teaching system based on the coordination of language and physical movement. When they sing about walking to Grandpa’s farm, they actually walk. When they hear a poem about riding a bike, they really pedal. And when they listen to a story about a choo-choo train, they “chug” backward and forward, puffing away. Translations of parent information in home materials offer an easy way for non-English-speaking parents to support their children’s English language learning at home.